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In that final match Taylor succumbed to Rob Cross, who took the championship.
Although he liked to play darts as a child, he never took up the game seriously until 1986 when he moved into a terraced house in Burslem, living near to Eric Bristow's pub the Crafty Cockney.
He won the PDC Player of the Year award six times (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 20) and has twice been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, in 20, finishing as runner-up in the latter.
He hit a record 11 televised nine-dart finishes (and 22 overall).
The finals of 1996, 19 would all feature Taylor and Priestley in a repeat of the inaugural final in 1994.
It would be Harrington's only appearance in a World Final.Taylor's first title came at the Canadian Open in 1988, defeating then World Champion Bob Anderson in the final.After reaching the quarter-final of the British Open and the semi-final of the Winmau World Masters in 1989, he qualified for the World Championship for the first time in 1990.A few months later, his wife Yvonne bought him a set of darts for his birthday and he started playing weekly, occasionally at Bristow's pub.By 1986 he was selected for the county team and playing at Super League level.